• This film with Oklahoma ties is already generating Oscar buzz

    Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    “Foxcatcher” is going to be awesome. The film opens next month and has already won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. Its director Bennett Miller is two-for-two on Best Picture Oscar nominations as well, earning the distinction for 2005’s “Capote” and 2011’s “Moneyball.” That all adds up to high […]

  • Darren Rovell is Concerned About Justin Brent Possibly Being in Violation of Notre Dame's Student Conduct Policy

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    A Notre Dame player is seen with an apparently famous porn star . Darren Rovell, of course, chimes in with the Notre Dame Code of Conduct section on sex.

  • Series Is On, and Everybody’s Watching ... Football

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    It may be America’s national pastime, but it has never felt less national. On Tuesday night, the first game of the 2014 World Series drew just 12.2 million viewers to Fox, making it the lowest-rated Game 1 on record. Game 2 on Wednesday night fared somewhat better, with 12.9 million people tuning in. For most of the last century, the start of baseball’s World Series — with its red, white and blue bunting and occasional ceremonial first pitch from the president — was always a major event. The opening game of the Fall Classic has provided some of the country’s most enduring sports memories, including Willie Mays’s over-the-shoulder basket catch (1954), Sandy Koufax’s 15-strikeout performance (1963) and Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (1988).

  • Oklahoma's favorite secondary sport may (or may not) surprise you

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    What two states have major schools nicknamed the Cowboys? Coincidently, what two states favor rodeo over all other secondary sports?  Oklahoma and Wyoming, apparently. The Wall Street Journal had Facebook compile a list of the most-like sports in each state when compared with the sport's own national average. The "big four" North American sports -- football, hockey, basketball and baseball -- dominated most of the country, so the Journal had Facebook run the list again with those four sports being exempt.  Many of the results were what you would expect -- sking claimed 11 states across the mountain ganges; lacrosse fared well in the mid-Atlantic; and yes, rodeo claimed the top spot in Oklahoma and Wyoming, where there are more cows than there are people. Many of the results were what you would expect based on regional popularity. Skiing claimed 11 states strewed across the mountain ranges of the East and the Rockies in the West. Lacrosse fared well in the Mid-Atlantic where it is a grade-school mainstay, and rodeo took top honors in Oklahoma and Wyoming, where there are more cows than people.

  • Michigan boy, 11, bags rare albino deer

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    With bow season in full swing and muzzleloader season starting Saturday, hunters across Oklahoma are taking to their tree stands and ground blinds in hoping of landing their trophy buck. An 11-year-old Michigan boy has already bagged his trophy. Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township took down a 12-point albino deer last week while hunting withi his father Mick Dingman. "He kind of feels like a rock star right now. Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines," Mick Dingman said.

  • Edmond Sun: Former lineman Jason Goff's passing affects Oklahoma Christian family

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Jason Goff, the mighty 6-6, 285-pound lineman who plowed open holes for Oklahoma Christian School runners leading the Saints to a 2012 state championship win over Davis, passed away Wednesday night due to heart complications at age 20, the Edmond Sun reports. Goff was in a car accident on Memorial Road Saturday coming from Oklahoma Christian University with a former OCS teammate, but he already had developed a heart infection prior to the vehicular mishap.

  • In this way, Derek Fisher is clearly more Laker than Thunder

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The guarded, measured Derek Fisher who spent parts of three seasons with the guarded, measured Oklahoma City Thunder appears to have reverted to his Los Angeles Lakers roots. MSG Network announced Thursday a new half-hour original series “Nothing But Knicks,” featuring Fisher, the new New York Knicks coach, assistant coaches, and players "as they take fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the  Knicks  with special access to practice, film sessions, and exclusive interviews." That, folks, didn't happen in OKC. Of course, Fisher played championship basketball with the Lakers under the Hollywood spotlight, so this is nothing new to him. Read more on "Nothing But Knicks" at the link below.

  • Oklahoma Union Football coach resigns amid hazing investigation

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The football coach at Oklahoma Union, a 2A school in South Coffeyville, has stepped down from that position after the Nowata County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into a hazing allegation, according to school officials. School Superintendent Ken Stacy said Thursday that Rich Giesen had resigned from his coaching duties but would still teach at the school. The students involved in the alleged hazing were subjected to “appropriate disciplinary measures,” Stacy said.

  • Report: Mack Brown offered $4 million per year to coach SMU

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Dallas Morning News suggests that SMU is "floating $4 million annually" as an offer to former Texas coach Mack Brown. Sources say SMU officials "have already had preliminary discussions" with Brown over an eight-year deal. From DMN's Bill Nichols: "Brown, 63, fits the Larry Brown model -- a national championship winner who can leand star prospects on name alone."

  • Football program's season ends amid allegations of waterboarding

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Central Bucks West High School football program in Doylestown, Penn., is suspended following allegations of “waterboarding” and the forcing of a new player to grab another player’s genitalia during the summer training sessions, The Intelligencer reports .

  • Former Oklahoma State LB Orie Lemon signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled a need in the ailing linebacker corps Thursday, signing linebacker Orie Lemon to the active roster from the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad. The former Oklahoma State linebacker has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Chiefs since entering the league in 2011 as an undrafted free agent.

  • How DeMarco Murray's big year could actually cost him

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DeMarco Murray is off to a historically great start in a contract year. The problem: Every yard he gains could be costing him the big payday he’s trying to earn. Andrew Brandt of Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback blog, says Murray's expiring contract brings up the question of his present and future value. Murray currently leads the NFL is rushing yards with 913 yards, but concerns about the short shelf life of running backs and Murray's past health concerns may keep him from getting the big deal he probably deserves.

  • Miami Heat know they can compete without LeBron James

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Viewed through a narrow lens, a roster with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Norris Cole, Chris Andersen, Danny Granger and Shannon Brown looks like a pretty good team, according to USA TODAY. But in the big picture, it's difficult to look at the 2014-15 Miami Heat and not notice that LeBron James — the All-Star who helped get them to four consecutive NBA Finals and win two championships — is no longer with the team after four intense, scrutinized and rewarding seasons. As much as the Heat try to distance themselves from that special time, it will be difficult to avoid the James story line this season. The Heat wanted James to return and thought he might.

  • Texas’ Joe Wickline suing Oklahoma State

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    So is Joe Wickline calling plays at Texas or not? A Travis County jury may get to decide. Wickline, the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator, has filed a lawsuit in Travis County claiming that Oklahoma State University has not fully released him from his previous coaching contract with the Cowboys.

  • OU football: DeMarco Murray purchased iMacs for the Dallas Cowboys offensive line

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on a record-setting pace for rushing yards in an NFL season, and the former OU star has one of the league's best offensive lines in front of him. In the Instagram video above, ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins showed that Murray purchased iMac computers for each of his linemen, presumably as a sign of gratitude for his hot start. Murray leads all NFL rushers in carries (187), yards (913) and touchdowns (7) through seven games.

  • UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud: Report

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous investigations by the school and the NCAA.

  • OU football: Aaron Colvin back on the field with Jacksonville Jaguars for first time since ACL tear

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Former Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin took the field for the first time since tearing his ACL in the spring. Colvin tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practice in March and hasn't played since. Even with the knee injury, he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft in June. A few days ago, Colvin tweeted about his long-awaited return to the field.

  • Kevin Durant loves some Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off'

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Every once in a while, Kevin Durant is nice enough to give us peeks into his personal life via his Instagram account. The Thunder forward did just that Wednesday, posting a screenshot of his song of choice for the day -- Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Yeah, this one. "Call me what you want," Durant says on Instagram. Durant had a similar message for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Monday.

  • Thunder home-court advantage best in the league according to NBA GM's survey

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NBA general managers were polled on 56 different questions -- from best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves -- by NBA.com in the 13th Annual GM Survey. The results, released Wednesday morning, will surprise some. What's not surprising is that the Thunder was voted as the team with the best home-court advantage in the league. Nearly 43 percent of GMs said the Thunder had the NBA's best home-court advantage, dwarfing second-place Denver's 28.6 percent vote. The Thunder received an overwhelming 92.9 percent vote to win the Northwest Division. The next closest team is Portland at 7.1 percent. One has to wonder if the results of the poll were finalized before Kevin Durant's injury. Durant was voted No. 1 by wide margins "best at getting his own shot" (42.9 percent to Carmelo Anthony's 25.0) and "player you want taking a shot with the game on the line" (76.9 percent to Kobe Bryant's/LeBron James' 7.7). Durant and Russell Westbrook were ranked highly in several categories, with Westbrook voted as the fastest player with the ball in the NBA, beating Washington Wizards' guard John Wall. You can view the full poll here , but below are some other interesting Thunder-related voting results: Which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals? Tie-3, Chicago 11.5 percent, L.A. Clippers 11.5, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. San Antonio 46.2) Which team will win the Western Conference finals? 2. Oklahoma City 29.6 (1. San Antonio Spurs 55.6) Who will win the 2014-15 MVP? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 21.4 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 67.9) If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be? Tie-2, Anthony Davis, New Orleans 25.0; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. James, Cleveland 50.0) Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 76.9) Who is the best point guard in the NBA? 2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 10.7 (1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 71.4) Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA ? 5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 3.7 (1. James Harden, Houston 63.0) Who is the best small forward in the NBA? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 75.0) Who is the best power forward in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (Tie-1, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers) Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2014-15? Also receiving votes: Steven Adaams, Oklahoma City (1. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto 33.3) Who is the best defensive player in the NBA? Tie-3, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 14.3 ; Dwight Howard, Houston 14.3 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 35.7) Who is the best interior defender in the NBA? 2. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 39.3) Which team is the most fun to watch? 4. Oklahoma City 3.6 (1. Golden State 57.1) Which team has the best homecourt advantage? 1. Oklahoma City 42.9 Which player is the most athletic? Tie-2, Russell Westbrook, Oklahma City 10.7 ; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 10.7 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 50.0); also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City . Which player is the best pure shooter? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Stephen Curry, Golden State 60.7) Which player is the fastest with the ball? Tie-1, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 40.7 ; John Wall, Washington 40.7 Which player is best at getting his own shot? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 42.9; also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor? Also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 74.1) Which player is the best finisher at the rim? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland) Who is the toughest player in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (1. Tony Allen, Memphis 25.9) Which player is the best leader? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 35.7) Who is the league's best role player? Also receiving votes: Nick Collison, Oklahoma City (1. Boris Diaw, San Antonio 11.1) Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 76.9

  • Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in club who took cell phone pic

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been accused of slapping and squeezing the neck of a man in a Las Vegas club last week. According to a TMZ Sports report, Griffin and Clippers teammates were partying at a Las Vegas nightclub when a man took a cell phone photo of the crowd. Griffin was reportedly bothered by the flash and "grabbed my phone with one hand," according to the man. When security arrived to the scene, Griffin told them to get the man out of the club. According to a statement the man gave to nightclub security, Griffin then "slapped me in the right side of the face."